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Old 01-04-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Question Heated Seats Ever Hot?

Yea, its pretty cold out right now, and last night, I used the heated seats for the first time. I had mine (the driver's) on max (two LED's lit) for the 20 minute drive home, and my seat never even felt warm.

If I tried that on my other vehicle (on max for 20 minutes), my butt would have been burnt red.

My kid said his seat (the passenger's) never felt warm either, though I can't confirm that since I didn't sit in it myself.

For any others out there with heated seats, how hot do they get on the Wrangler?

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Old 01-04-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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I added after market ones to my jeep and they work great.
If yours didn't do anything I would check the fuse, I think it's M8

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For any others out there with heated seats, how hot do they get on the Wrangler?
On our 2013 Sahara I usually start out with the setting on high. After about 10 minutes I switch it to low because things start to get too warm.

I guess it also depends on the ambient temp. It was around 25*F yesterday when I started out on high and had to switch to low. Tomorrow night it is supposed to get down to -11*F, something that hasn't happened in our area in a long, long time. I may leave it on high the whole trip.
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...i have never owned heated seats, but here is what happens when i forget they even exist...

...as one part of my job, i supervise the quick vehicle service department of a major retailer...when they get "overrun" (happens a lot lately)...i go out and throw on some service clothes and help out...

...whenever tire work is done, there is a process of 3 separate lug torques done with a short parking lot figure 8 drive in between each...

...climb in a cold car...and drive...and slowly the seat begins to warm...makes this old man wonder if he's peeing his pants...
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Cloth or leather? The ones in my JKUR with cloth seats get hot quick on high. Can only run on high for about 10 mins before I have turn them down. Even when it was in the single digits last night...
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I got aftermarket seat heaters. There is a break in period. Use them more and then you will get "red bottom". I can barely stand them on high now.
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My Yukon had heated leather seats. After about 10 mins on high you had to turn it down or melt.
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Cloth or leather? The ones in my JKUR with cloth seats get hot quick on high. Can only run on high for about 10 mins before I have turn them down. Even when it was in the single digits last night...
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My Yukon had heated leather seats. After about 10 mins on high you had to turn it down or melt.
Its leather and the factory heated seats (std on RX).

Like on my other vehicles, that's been my experience too. Anything more than 10 minutes on high, your butt starts to cook.

I guess I might have found my first factory defect. Makes me wonder if the seat heaters are actually getting power, or if there is even a heater in my driver's seat.

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Check the fuse
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Mine get warm even on the coldest of days. I would take it in to the dealer and get them fixed.
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Mine get very toasty on high. Typically after 5 mins on high, I switch it down to the low setting. Ditto on the passenger side.

If you're not getting ANYTHING after 10 minutes, I have the same recommendation as others. Begin checking the wiring, starting with the fuse.
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I agree with the fuse being the issue. M8 is for the front and M9 the rear I believe.
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I want to say I've heard of it being unplugged under the seat. Could be wrong on that.
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The heated seats (cloth) in my Jeep work well, but nowhere near as warm as the heaters in other cars that I have tried. My wife says they are only as half as warm as the heaters in her car.
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I added after market ones to my jeep and they work great.
If yours didn't do anything I would check the fuse, I think it's M8

Which one? Please provide name or link.
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Yep, my stock warmers are too hot on high for more than the first ten minutes or so.
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Which one? Please provide name or link.
They were ones I got from eBay, $75 for both seats with relay, fuse, wiring and switches.
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The heated seats (cloth) in my Jeep work well, but nowhere near as warm as the heaters in other cars that I have tried. My wife says they are only as half as warm as the heaters in her car.

I have heaters with Rubicon cloth seats, and they take forever to get warm, even on high. Our Mazda with bun warmers will scald you in minutes.

I've noticed that if both seats are on, it takes even longer for the seats to heat up.
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I have leather heated seats in my 2012. I can feel them but barely even when on high. I wish they were stronger.
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I have heaters with Rubicon cloth seats, and they take forever to get warm, even on high.
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I have leather heated seats in my 2012. I can feel them but barely even when on high. I wish they were stronger.
This is more like what I am experiencing. But others here have reported here a very different experience.

Now I am confused. Is it just a bad design, or is it some are defective new?
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I have cloth seats and my factory heaters work great.
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This is more like what I am experiencing. But others here have reported here a very different experience. Now I am confused. Is it just a bad design, or is it some are defective new?
Mine seem to be hit or miss. Sometimes they are really hot and other times it feels like it's on the low setting but in fact it's on high. Anyone else have the problem with the varying temps?
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To add to this; does anyone else's only actually heat when you are sitting in them? Mine are that way, which sucks for the cold mornings when I start up early to get warmed up before I leave.
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My 2013 cloth heated seats get so hot on level 2 that they feel like my butt and back are going to catch on fire - seriously, and this is in -30 degree weather as well. Both passenger and driver seats are the same.

I usually move it down to level 1 after they get toasty and leave it on for awhile until I can start to feel as though I may start to sweat.
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2013 JKU leather heated seats...mine are worthless. Most of the time I can't tell if they are even on. I am thinking about having the dealer look at it...

My wife's Silverado on the other hand will make you sweat
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2013 JKU Sahara with leather. Thought it was just mine that had very poor heating. They work, but nothing like my other two vehicles. (Ram- Acura)
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2013 JKU Rubicon with leather. My heated seats…..SUCK!!
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13 with leather and even on hot they really arent that hot compared to prior vehicles.
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2014 JKU with leather. Heated seats work fine. At least, I can tell when they are on. Never had heated seats before so I have nothing to compare them to
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The heated seats (cloth) in my Jeep work well, but nowhere near as warm as the heaters in other cars that I have tried. My wife says they are only as half as warm as the heaters in her car.
I agree, on my '14 with leather seats they work, but nowhere near as well as heated seats in other vehicles. They seem to take a good bit longer to get warm and actually be able to feel the heat. Another thing I have noticed the heat seems to be very concentrated to the center of the seats and does not radiate towards the sides.

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